By Callum O'Connell

20th Nov, 2023 | 7:10am

Tomas Soucek lucky after incident on international duty for West Ham United star

West Ham star Thomas Soucek was lucky to escape with only a nasty cut after being kicked in the head during the Czech Republic’s 1-1 draw with Poland, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper shared via The Verdict in their print edition on 20 November that the midfielder had to be bandaged up on the pitch, but was able to complete the match.

A post shared on the national team’s Instagram page showed the blow to his head, but Soucek appeared unaffected and in good spirits despite the mark.

A prize for the warrior

This injury on international duty summed up Soucek’s blood and thunder nature on the football pitch. The fact he was quite literally kicked in the forehead and carried on with the game with just a bit of bandaging is likely the best representation you would find of the man.

As shared in the report, the West Ham midfielder can consider himself lucky to have just walked away with superficial damage given the situation, but all checks will have been necessarily and thoroughly carried out to ensure his safety at the time.

What at the time seemed like it could be a worry for Soucek ended up less of a concern than the incident with his teammate for both club and country, with Vladimir Coufal being sent home for breaking rules as he was seen clubbing.

It has been a chaotic international break for West Ham with both of these incidents coming alongside injuries to Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio, causing plenty of consideration for David Moyes ahead of their next game.

In other West Ham news, Moyes wants to sign a “hot-shot” striker after exit news emerged.